What is the National Redress Scheme?
The Australian Government has established a National Redress Scheme (often referred to as "the Scheme") to provide support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
The Scheme acknowledges that many children were sexually abused in Australian institutions, holds institutions accountable for this abuse, and helps people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse gain access to counselling and psychological services, a direct personal response, and a monetary payment.
Why is there a Scheme?
The National Redress Scheme is a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Royal Commission estimated around 60 000 people have been sexually abused as children in Australian institutions, including many churches.
The establishment of the Scheme is an acknowledgement by the Government that sexual abuse suffered by children in institutional settings was wrong and should not have happened.
It also acknowledges that historically many institutions have not responded adequately to allegations of abuse, and that current civil litigation systems and past and current redress processes have not provided justice for many survivors, further traumatising people who experienced abuse.
The more institutions joining the Scheme, the closer we are to achieving equal access for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
For information for people looking to make an application for Redress please visit the National Redress Scheme website at www.nationalredress.gov.au.
Is CCVT joining the Scheme?
Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania Inc (CCVT) has internally agreed to participate in the National Redress Scheme and is actively engaged in the onboarding process to set up a Participating Group for CCVT Affiliates.
Affiliates will receive direct communications form CCVT about how to join the CCVT Group. It is hoped that every church and agency will join the National Redress Scheme either as part of the CCVT Group or by opting in directly.
For advice on the Scheme, the opting in process, and other issues affecting CCVT Affiliates please contact Kylie Kendall, CCVT Safe Places Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0411 255 494.
For advice on insurance cover for CCVT Affiliates please contact Greg McLean, Church of Christ Insurance National Manager at email@example.com or on 03 9488 8800.
Where do I get support?
Redress Support Services are available to help people understand the Scheme, provide emotional support and guide people through the application process. A list of support services is available on the NRS website.
Those who need immediate emotional support can contact:
Find out more
You can call the National Redress Scheme on 1800 737 377 Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (local time), excluding public holidays. You can also visit the website at www.nationalredress.gov.au.